A new Investor's Business Daily/Christian Science Monitor/TIPP poll shows President Barack Obama holding a comfortable eight point advantage over Mitt Romney, who has all but secured the Republican nomination.
The survey of 818 registered voters nationwide shows Obama claiming the support of 46 percent of respondents, while Romney trails with 38 percent. Another encouraging detail for the president: he leads Romney among women voters, 48 percent to 35 percent.
The poll, which has a margin of error of 3.3 percent, is yet another reminder of just how damaging the GOP nomination contest has been on Romney's brand. A look back on the TPM Poll Average reveals that the former Massachusetts held a lead over Obama until early January, when the presidential primary season began in earnest.